Otago Daily Times

$300,000 in grants for groups

- STAFF RE­PORTER Society · Dunedin · Waikouaiti

MORE than $300,000 in grants were dished out by the Dunedin City Coun­cil to a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity groups last week.

Nine ‘‘place­based’’ com­mu­nity groups across Dunedin have been al­lo­cated $311,050 in grants by the coun­cil’s grants sub­com­mit­tee.

Its chair­woman, Cr Chris­tine Garey, said that she was proud to help sup­port im­por­tant com­mu­nity groups and that the coun­cil had been able to sus­tain its fund­ing through such dif­fi­cult times.

‘‘Given the on­go­ing im­pact of Covid­19 in our com­mu­nity, the work of th­ese groups and our sup­port of that has never been more im­por­tant than it is now.’’

The grants were drawn from the coun­cil’s place­based com­mu­nity fund and sup­port groups to un­der­take projects which strengthen com­mu­nity and eco­nomic well­be­ing within ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas.

The fund was es­tab­lished in 2018 and since then has granted more than $900,000 to place­based com­mu­nity groups fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing and re­spond­ing to lo­cal com­mu­nity needs and pri­or­i­ties.

All but one of the re­cip­i­ents in the lat­est round of grants have pre­vi­ously re­ceived fund­ing from coun­cil.

The re­cip­i­ents were: the North East Val­ley Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Project, $55,000; Blue­skin Re­silience Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, $30,000; Brockville Im­prove­ment & Ameni­ties So­ci­ety $40,850; Caver­sham Com­mu­nity Group, $5,000, Progress of Waik­ouaiti Area, $29,000; Corstor­phine Com­mu­nity Hub, $30,000; Greater Green Is­land Com­mu­nity Net­work, $47,795; South Dunedin Com­mu­nity Net­work $40,000; Sad­dle Hill Foun­da­tion Trust, $33,405.

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